Clinical Nutrition and Diet Therapy
Naturopathic philosophy is rooted in the belief that food is medicine. For us, food allergy and sensitivity, digestive support, immune support and weight-related dietary change are particular areas of expertise. Many types of diets are prescribed, but an emphasis on a whole foods diet is the common denominator. We also use specific nutrients (vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fats, amino acids, and injectible vitamins) to control inflammation and brain chemistry, to support the body’s response to stress, and to enhance detoxification.
Plants have been used as medicine since antiquity. In fact, 25% of all pharmaceutical medications are based on the active constituents in plants. Many pharmaceuticals attempt to imitate plant actions in a chemically altered (therefore patentable) form. For example, aspirin comes from chemically altering the compound salicin found in Willow bark. Many plant substances are powerful medicines that are safe and effective when used properly. Botanical medicines are not benign and should be administered by trained professionals such as naturopathic physicians, educated on the potential side effects of botanical medicines combined with pharmaceutical prescriptions. At ALETRIS, we use a variety of botanical medicines such as whole plants and extracts from plants in single or combination formulations.
Mental attitudes and emotions are important factors in overall health and should be considered when treating illness and disease. Naturopathic physicians are trained in various counseling techniques and offers support for those dealing with work-related stress, relationship issues, life transitions, and health problems, particularly chronic health problems. Whether making a life transition or dealing with the everyday stress of the modern world, we believe in the power of counseling and support to encourage emotional growth and balance.
Hydrotherapy (various hot and cold therapies), gentle electrical impulses, ultrasound, soft tissue manipulation, or therapeutic exercise prescription are tools we may employ to treat a range of musculoskeletal issues and to support the body’s inherent ability to heal itself.
IV Nutrient Therapy
Intravenous (IV) nutritional therapy is commonly used in many healthcare settings to help correct dehydration, nutritional deficiencies, and electrolyte imbalances. From a naturopathic point of view, IV therapy can be a powerful treatment tool for a wide variety of conditions. It can be used to correct frank deficiency, yet it can also be used to deliver therapeutic doses of vitamins to push biochemical pathways in the body. For example, IV nutritional therapy can be used to support the immune system, promote energy production to relieve fatigue, normalize blood pressure, and relieve PMS symptoms and menstrual cramps.
Colon hydrotherapy , also known as colonic irrigation, is an alternative medical procedure, focused on cleansing the bowel. Similar to an enema, it involves the introduction of discrete amounts of purified wate, sometimes infused with minerals or other materials, such as probiotics, into the colon using medically approved class II colon hydrotherapy devices with sanitary, disposable speculums. The fluid is released after a short period, and the process will often be repeated multiple times during the course of a treatment. read more…
Environmental Medicine and Detoxification
Numerous studies indicate that we are regularly exposed to toxic substances through our foods, homes, and business environments. These chemicals enter the body and are often broken down and eliminated without any repercussion. However, life stressors, poor diet, lack of exercise, and other health problems can cause the body to store these chemicals rather than break them down. Over time this can overwhelm the body’s detoxification pathways and lead to illness. ALETRIS offers environmental assessments to identify toxins and detoxification services to purify the body and improve health.
At ALETRIS, we believe in the power of movement to facilitate cure in all people. We work with a handpicked group of personal trainers whom we have educated about preventative medicine from a naturopathic perspective. Many of our patients are delighted to work with trainers that are in communication with their family doctors and find that their motivation and results are enhanced by the experience.
Most naturopathic therapies focus on changing the physical body making it a more healthy and viable vessel for the prevention of disease. Homeopathy works at a much deeper level to stimulate the body’s own innate ability to heal itself. The underlying cause of a person’s disease ultimately lies in his or her unique susceptibility to both acute and chronic stressors. Homeopathic treatment commonly leads to cured cases of otherwise incurable diseases.
Homeopathic medicines are quite safe. They are known to be non-allergenic, non-toxic, and free of side effects. They are prepared from herbal, mineral, and animal substances by homeopathic pharmacies, under strict guidelines established by the FDA. Remedies are often available over the counter, but to insure the proper remedy selection and potency, a trained practitioner should always be consulted.